Substance abuse in Canada has been steadily on the rise. What is more alarming is that the Canadian youth is more involved in engaging with drugs and alcohol. According to this source, 83% of Ontario students in grade 12 drink alcohol, and 49% of grade 12 students admit to binge drinking. When it comes to prohibited drugs, 60% of illicit drug users in Canada are between the ages of 15 and 24.
A loved one suffering from addiction hurts the family — financially, psychologically, and even physically. Some of the manifestations or signs of a person with substance addiction can be:
- Stealing money to buy drugs
- Lying to cover up for the substance abuse
- Loss of focus that may end up getting fired from their jobs
- Trust is lost within the family
- They may do bad things they would never do if they weren’t abusing drugs
- Behavioral changes and sudden mood swings
A person with drugs and alcohol addiction greatly may also hurt the community. Data from this online resource shows that 10% of night time drivers showed evidence of drug use while only 8.1% tested positive for alcohol and pedestrians under the influence of alcohol accounted for 12.3% of alcohol related road deaths in Canada. Among the over 100,000 drug-related incidents identified by police in 2007, 62% involved cannabis. Of these, three-quarters were for possession. Also, police reports involving drug-related petty crimes of theft and robbery, as well as domestic violence and neglect for minors, are prevalent.
The top 4 substances used, according to a study, are the following:
- Alcohol (58% )
- Cannabis/marijuana (25%)
- Non-prescribed use of prescription pain relievers/opioids (17%)
- Tobacco (11.7%)
More resource for substances being abused can be found here.
Most of the people who are involved in substance abuse and addiction reject the idea of getting treatment because they don’t believe that they are sick and out of control. Likewise, most of the family members are ashamed due to the stigma or simply acting as a co-dependent.
A person suffering with addiction is not a bad person but with a disease that needs to be treated. We at KAYA believe that there is always hope for an individual regardless of their addiction. Our holistic approach to treatment not only deals with promoting and assisting in addiction recovery but also caters to one’s physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being. For more information about what we do, call us or use our contact form.
KAYA caters to clients coming from different parts of the world including USA, UK, Australia, UAE, Thailand, Malaysia, and even Canada. Most of the clients prefer Asia, the Philippines in particular, because of its tropical weather, tourist destinations, and friendly and English-speaking people.